What does it sound like?:
The first album to feature Rick Wakeman, the first to feature Roger Dean’s artwork and arguably the first Yes masterwork. The core of the album is the three long pieces, Roundabout, South Side of The Sky and Heart of the Sunrise, with an honourable mention for Long Distance Runaround. Of the individual solo pieces, the strongest by far belong to Howe and Squire. Steven Wilson’s latest remix in this continuing series reaches his usual impeccable standard, bringing more clarity and depth to the songs, providing a greater sense of space to each facet of the recording. The Bluray disc features the 5.1 mix, an instrumental version of the album, radio promo edits and half a dozen previously songs, comprising mainly of alternate takes. The most interesting of these is an unheard song segment titled All Fighters Past, discovered at the end of a tape reel that had been reused for another recording. Ideas that were to be incorporated into Revealing Science and Siberian Khatru are both hinted at in this surviving section of the full piece.
What does it all *mean*?
The standard of musicianship and songwriting achieved by the band, still then in » Continue Reading.